Joining side skin and floor skin
This has been much easier than expected. I formed the side skin with an
ABS pipe, and then a 1-inch steel pipe and finally a 1/2 copper pipe and
hammer (similar work as for the floor skin). I pressed the skins
together and drilled.
Ah... a motivation move
I decided to see the fit of my horizontal stab with the fuselage
brackets. It fits perfect! This means that the 214mm vs 218mm
modification for the stabilizer bracket spacing is right.
Cabin floor with side skin
Seen from inside. I also installed the gusset between the side skin
(vertical stiffener) and heel support.
The horizontal stiffeners
I was quite asleep here as I did not installed the bottom one in the same
position on both sides... a judging eye could probably notice that, but as my
mentor says, it won't be noticed at 5000 feet.
Notice the crimps. I did this to have a good pressure of the
stiffeners on the skin and it also make the fuselage look better. The
manual does not mention about doing this, but I noticed that many other
builders did that... so I did it too!
The center seat back channel
As you can see, it is made wider. This serves two purposes. 1. the
sides reach the point where my reinforcement of the leading edge of the
baggage compartment floor starts (see: this picture). My
goal is that we can hold on the baggage compartment floor when entering the
plane (without make me sweat) 2. it will provide my seat back with
ELT and Strobe light power supply supports
The ELT is supported on a channel I made with 0.032" 6061-T6. That
channel is riveted on top of 6V12-6 and is attached to the rear Z with a L
Another shot at this installation
I made an additional vertical channel with 0.025" 6061-T6 to hold the
power supply. That channel is fixed to the rear Z with four A4 rivets
and is also fixed to the 6F13-6 (baggage bottom stiffener).